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RotherhamRotherham United1WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers0

Rotherham United 1-0 Wolves

Steve Evans
Steve Evans has guided Rotherham United to consecutive promotions

Substitute Ryan Hall scored an unorthodox second-half winner as Rotherham beat Wolves to earn their first win back in the Championship.

As Wolves looked to scramble away a corner, Hall blocked an attempted clearance past goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

Earlier, Paul Taylor hit the crossbar for the hosts from 15 yards.

Wolves had numerous chances but were unable to find a way past Adam Collin, who made a remarkable double save to deny Bakary Sako with the score at 0-0.

The visitors, who began the campaign with a home win over Norwich, also saw Rajiv van La Parra's effort cleared off the line by Kari Arnason, while Nouha Dicko's lob from 25 yards flew narrowly wide.

Wolves' unbeaten run ends
Wolves had not lost any of their previous 11 league games - their last defeat came at Crawley on 18 March.

Rotherham were playing a second-tier game at the New York Stadium for the first time following two consecutive promotions and, after impressing in their defeat at Derby on the opening day, Steve Evans' side picked up their first Championship win against last season's League One champions.

The league games between the two teams last season had produced 16 goals and this was another open contest, although neither side was able to break the deadlock until Hall's winner with 14 minutes left to play.

The Millers, for whom Kieran Agard made a late appearance from the bench after a possible move to Leeds broke down, survived a flurry of late set-pieces to hold on for victory.

Substitute James Henry came closest to a late Wolves equaliser, flashing a free-kick just over from 20 yards.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans: "Ryan (Hall) will be fine. He's a terrific talent and if you get him solely focused on his football then he's got a sweet left peg and he can see passes.

"He's got a real hunger and desire to make a point here and we're delighted to get him here. I hope he enjoys his evening in a moderate way because we're training again tomorrow.

"I thought he showed a great desire and he gets the luck that comes with that and the goal. We are fortunate that the ball rolls into the net. The goal came from Ryan showing that type of desire and we have got a great win."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: "We had good control of the game right the way through the first half and had a lot of chances we didn't take.

"Rotherham are a big side and they defended their box very well. We really had to do better with our set-pieces.

"Ultimately then we have been undone by one ourselves and it was a free header for Morgan. There was a degree of bad luck but we still have lost 1-0 to a set-piece.

"After that we have to realise where we need to improve. We're frustrated with the result but we feel we have a lot to build on and a lot to be optimistic about."

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Collin
  • 5BroadfootBooked at 38mins
  • 20MorganBooked at 32mins
  • 4Arnason
  • 3Skarz
  • 8Frecklington
  • 18PringleBooked at 74mins
  • 25SwiftSubstituted forHallat 45'minutesSubstituted forAgardat 79'minutes
  • 11Green
  • 9RevellBooked at 90mins
  • 26TaylorSubstituted forDerbyshireat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 6Wood
  • 7Hall
  • 10Bowery
  • 22Agard
  • 23Tidser
  • 27Derbyshire

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ikeme
  • 3GolbourneBooked at 39mins
  • 6BatthBooked at 26mins
  • 2Doherty
  • 5Stearman
  • 14Evans
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forJacobsat 78'minutes
  • 10SakoSubstituted forHenryat 77'minutes
  • 4Edwards
  • 11McDonald
  • 40Dicko

Substitutes

  • 7Henry
  • 9Clarke
  • 18Ricketts
  • 20McAlinden
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 27Jacobs
  • 31McCarey
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
10,752

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Pringle.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  5. Post update

    Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Michael Jacobs.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nouha Dicko.

  11. Post update

    Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  14. Post update

    Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Kieran Agard replaces Ryan Hall because of an injury.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Michael Jacobs replaces Rajiv van La Parra.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Ryan Hall (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry replaces Bakary Sako.